seat

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noun

1
a
: a special chair of one in eminence
also : the status represented by it
b
: a chair, stool, or bench intended to be sat in or on
c
: the particular part of something on which one rests in sitting
the seat of a chair
trouser seat
d
2
a
: a seating accommodation
a seat for the game
a 200-seat restaurant
b
: a right of sitting
lost his seat in Congress
c
: membership on an exchange
3
a
: a place where something specified is prevalent : center
a seat of learning
b
: a place from which authority is exercised
the county seat
c
: a bodily part in which some function or condition is centered
the brain as the seat of the mind
4
: posture in or way of sitting on horseback
5
a
: a part at or forming the base of something
b
: a part (such as a socket) or surface on or in which another part or surface rests

seat

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verb

seated; seating; seats

transitive verb

1
a
: to install in a seat of dignity or office
b(1)
: to cause to sit or assist in finding a seat
(2)
: to provide seats for
a theater seating 1000 persons
c
: to put in a sitting position
2
: to repair the seat of or provide a new seat for
3
: to fit to or with a seat
seat a valve

intransitive verb

1
archaic : to take one's seat or place
2
: to fit correctly on a seat
Phrases
by the seat of one's pants
: using experience and intuition rather than mechanical aids or formal theory

Examples of seat in a Sentence

Noun There were seats for six people at the table. a car with leather seats He used the box as a seat. He couldn't find his seat in the concert hall. The city recently built a new 1,000-seat theater. She booked a seat on the next flight to Rome. The stool's seat is broken. The chairs have woven seats. The Democrats gained two more seats in the last election. She won a Senate seat. Verb I could seat you here if you wish. The plans call for a stadium seating 30,000 people. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
The cabin has been updated some, too, with more comfortable seats and more sound-deadening material. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 15 Feb. 2024 There are 179 seats on the circuit courts, and the judges have life tenure. Jeffrey Toobin, The New York Review of Books, 15 Feb. 2024 As part of the new student section configuration, some will be seated in the first seven to 10 rows of Sections 2 to 6 on the east sideline — including seats on the 50-yard line. Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times, 15 Feb. 2024 In Tarrant County, primaries for tax assessor-collector and two seats on the County Commissioners Court are among the key races. Eleanor Dearman, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 15 Feb. 2024 All of these new routes will be operated by its fleet of Airbus A220-300 aircraft, which offers travelers comfort with 12 first-class recliner seats and a 2-3 seat configuration with ample legroom in the rest of the cabin. Stella Shon, Travel + Leisure, 14 Feb. 2024 It's outfitted with two fluffy cushions and a side pocket on the cotton-polyester seat to take your lounging to the next level. Wendy Vazquez, Better Homes & Gardens, 14 Feb. 2024 On each seat was a pair of new Bose earbuds, a parting gift for guests in honor of Smith’s partnership with them. Kerane Marcellus, Essence, 14 Feb. 2024 To qualify for the interim seat, applicants must be at least 18 years old, a U.S. citizen, a registered voter and resident of Sacramento City Council District 2. Ishani Desai, Sacramento Bee, 2 Feb. 2024
Verb
Naranjo was the only commissioner to vote against the resolution and remained seated when the panel left the dais to pose for a picture with Castellanos. Jennifer Van Grove, San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 Feb. 2024 As part of the new student section configuration, some will be seated in the first seven to 10 rows of Sections 2 to 6 on the east sideline — including seats on the 50-yard line. Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times, 15 Feb. 2024 South Korean Singer Seulgi was seated alongside Havana Rose Liu, as well as Rachel Brosnahan, Anna Wintour, and R&B royalty—Janet Jackson and Queen Latifah seated next to each other. Nadja Sayej, Forbes, 14 Feb. 2024 The 2024 Super Bowl featured many celebrity spectators, from Taylor Swift rooting for her Kansas City Chiefs tight end boyfriend Travis Kelce, to Paul Rudd, Lady Gaga and Beyoncé and Jay-Z with the power couple seated near the co-founder and former CEO of Twitter (now known as X) Jack Dorsey. Tatiana Tenreyro, The Hollywood Reporter, 12 Feb. 2024 The theater opened on Sept. 26, 1914, and seated 1,200, according to Kansas City Times archives. Eleanor Nash, Kansas City Star, 8 Feb. 2024 Instead, the punishment was reduced to playing the next two matches without fans in the Curva Nord section — where the five people identified by the club as perpetrators of the January 20 racist incident were seated. Barbie Latza Nadeau, CNN, 3 Feb. 2024 Swift has more than one private jet, including a Dassault Falcon 900 that can typically seat at least 12 people and fly at up to 590 mph (950 kph). Ken Ritter, Fortune, 2 Feb. 2024 In Merlo’s delirious play—staged by the director Jack Serio with the audience seated at a long table in a pitch-dark room—a genderqueer teen is missing, and their detective father is on the case. The New Yorker, 2 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

Middle English sete, from Old Norse sæti; akin to Old English gesete seat, sittan to sit

First Known Use

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1586, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of seat was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Seat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/seat. Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

seat

1 of 2 noun
1
a
: something (as a chair) intended to be sat in or on
b
: the part of something on which one rests in sitting
seat of the trousers
a chair seat
c
: the part of the body on which a person sits : buttock sense 2a
2
a
: the place on or at which a person sits
had three seats for the game
b
: a right of sitting usually as a member
a seat in the senate
3
: a place or area where something is located
the seat of the pain
seats of learning
especially : a place (as a city) from which authority is exercised
the new seat of the government
4
: posture in or way of sitting especially on horseback
5
: a part or surface on which another part or surface rests
seated
-əd
adjective

seat

2 of 2 verb
1
a
: to place in or on a seat
seat a guest
b
: to provide seats for
a theater seating 1000 persons
2
: to repair the seat of or provide a new seat for
seat a chair
seater noun

Medical Definition

seat

1 of 2 noun
: a part or surface especially in dentistry on or in which another part or surface rests see rest seat

seat

2 of 2 transitive verb
: to provide with or position on a dental seat

intransitive verb

: to fit correctly on a dental seat

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